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David Kaufman & Tom Segal

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David Kaufman & Tom Segal
Kaufman Segal Design
900 N. Franklin Street, Suite 710,
Chicago, IL 60610
T: 312.649.0680
F: 312.649.0689

Established in 1996 by well-known design partners David Kaufman and Tom Segal, Kaufman Segal Design provides design expertise to clients in Chicago, across the nation and abroad.

While running their own design firms, David and Tom collaborated on several projects. With varying backgrounds and strengths, the duo found their synergy led to great success and ultimately decided to join forces.

The partners developed the uncanny ability to translate client requests into a variety of styles. However, they are best known for fashioning a new take on classic, timeless elegance that appears effortlessly evolved.

In 19 years, David and Tom have won numerous industry awards, including ASID Design Excellence awards and a VOX/Out Style and Design award. They’ve been listed on Luxe Interiors’ Gold List, CS Interiors’ Best in Design, and among BuildDirect’s 15 Best Interior Designers in Chicago. Their projects have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Luxe, CS Interiors, Traditional Home and on HGTV’s Designers Challenge.

The Kaufman Segal Design team is rounded out with Kimberly O’Donnell, Stephen Young, Scott Grooms, and Lindsay Angyus.

Our design process began with one question: What is our ideal study, and how would it feel and function in our own home? Our goal was to create a space that is functional enough for reading and working, yet sophisticated enough for lounging and entertaining. As a team we collaborated and let our individual visions of style intermix and inspire us.

We began with an amazing wool and silk rug that set the color palette and tone of the room. From there, we selected specific elements, which continued to lead to additional elements, until we had a fully balanced design.

The use of a space is not limited by its name. A pair of chaises provides an intimate lounge setting for guests opposite the angled desk, which allows for a quiet space to work. The monolithic fireplace grounds the room, while the textural wall coverings soften the masculine overtones of the streamline furniture. We accented with brass and gold details to add a touch of glamour and selected sculptural sconces that act as functional art in the space.

The study truly reflects the essence of Kaufman Segal Design: timeless design that exudes effortless elegance.


A. Rudin, Suite 6-169
Phoenix Day Floor Lamp
Atelier Gary Lee, Suite 6-160
Codor Bookcase, Black
CAI Designs, Suite 1495
Art Lights
Desk Lamp
Century Furniture, Suite 1464
Black & White Round Boxes
Magnifying Glass
Pair of Discs on Stands
Creative Visions, Suite 14-127
Leather Box with Nailheads
David Sutherland Showroom, Suite 1400
Kyle Bunting Hair-on-Hide Wall Panels
deAurora, Suite 1499
Moberg Gallery, Original Artwork by Madai Taylor
Dessin Fournir Companies, Suite 1411
Therien Round Side Table
Pair of Palmer Hargrave Swing Arm Sconces
Fabricut, Suite 6-117
Drapery Hardware
George Smith, Suite 14-110
Pair of Julien Chichester Etegeres
Julien Chichester Duck Bill Side Table
Hastings Bath & Tile
Porcelain Fireplace Slabs
HBF & HBF Textiles
Desk Chair & Fabric
Drapery Fabric
Lounge Chair Fabric
Holland & Sherry, Suite 6-118
Solaris Chandelier
Pair of Embroidered Pillows
Drapery Trim
JANUS et Cie, Suite 1420
Urcin Style Vase
Marble Geometric Sculpture
Backgammon Set
Kravet, Suite 6-121
Pair of Chaise Lounges
Chaise Fabric
LALIQUE Interiors, Suite 6-129
Panther Cigar Box, Kazak Bookends, Jungle Ashtray, Serpent Vase, Bacchantes Vase, Rayons Vase, Champs-Elysées Bowl, Diamant Cocktail Glasses, Raisins Decanter, 100 POINTS James Suckling Collection, Victoire & Longchamp Paperweights, Vibration Box, Christofle Andrée Putman Vertigo Champagne Cooler, Arborescence Tray, Croco d’Argent & Albi Picture Frames
Maya Romanoff, Suite 6-167
Grasscloth Wallcovering
Michael-Cleary, Suite 1451
Garrett Leather Desk Set
Paul Ferrante, Suite 1459
Pair of Luxor Sconces
The Bright Group, Suite 6-166
Evan Lewis Rectangular Side Table
Evan Lewis Drink Table
Knowlton Brothers Desk
Lounge Chair
KSD Personal Collection
Amethyst, Books, Framed Prints, Gold Box
The Study

Special thanks

Parenteau Studios - Drapery Fabrication & Pair of Accent Pillows

Kyle Bunting

KSD Design Team - Kim O’Donnell, Stephen Young, Scott Grooms & Lindsay Angyus